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According to Mark Shuttleworth, CEO of Canonical, the company has been approached “by a number of OEM’s who want to sell netbooks (small, low-cost laptops with an emphasis on the web) based on Ubuntu.” That’s impressive. Here’s some more analysis on of the news. Almost universally, Shuttleworth says: …the OEMs have asked for standard Ubuntu […]
The VAR Guy likes simple messages that cut right to the point. So when Trend Micro launched its new “Worry-Free” security software brand, he was intrigued. What exactly is Worry-Free, and what does it mean to solutions providers? Here are some thoughts from our resident blogger. First, some background. In some cases, desktop and endpoint […]
Canonical has finally “branded” its Internet-centric device strategy for Ubuntu. The company says “Ubuntu Netbook Remix” devices will emerge as affordable, power-efficient, small screen devices driven by Intel’s Atom processor. But which PC companies and device makers will back Ubuntu on netbooks? Here are some thoughts, plus four key questions facing Canonical’s netbook strategy. 1. […]
If you believe the Microsoft bashers, open source and software as a service (SaaS) will ultimately destroy Microsoft’s traditional software markets and revenue streams. But while open source continues to gain serious momentum, we’re not seeing solutions providers and SaaS experts abandon Microsoft. On the contrary, a growing number of Microsoft partners are lining up […]
Avnet Technology Solutions and Hewlett-Packard are promoting managed storage services into midsize businesses. The partnership, expected to be announced later today, involves HP’s Electronic Vaulting Services — which feature off-site data backup and recovery services for a monthly fee. Avnet’s partnership with HP is the latest example of distributors polishing their managed services strategies.
In our “winner take all” society, The VAR Guy is starting to wonder: Can open source companies like Concursive, Compiere and EnterpriseDB ever escape from the shadows of their larger and more successful rivals (SugarCRM and MySQL)? Before you answer, consider these lessons. First, let’s look beyond the open source market and zero in on […]
It’s far too early to press the panic button. But anecdotal evidence is mounting that Canonical’s server push hasn’t gained much momentum. Admittedly, the press (myself included) was guilty of hyping Ubuntu on the server. Throughout 2007, many observers speculated that Dell would announce server systems certified with Ubuntu. And by early 2008, as Canonical […]
The spirit of Ubuntu has spilled over onto the basketball court, where the Boston Celtics chant “Ubuntu” after breaking huddles, according to ESPN. The concept: Coach Doc Rivers wanted players to be selfless this year. He also wanted to emphasize that the only way to win a championship is through the support of teammates. We’ll […]
I just spoke with Joe Quaglia, senior VP of US marketing for Tech Data Corp. Quaglia heads up Tech Data’s managed services strategy — known as VARChoice. The conversation gave me a better feel for Tech Data’s business plan in the MSP space, especially as it relates to Ingram Micro’s Seismic strategy. I’m not here […]
Some folks say VARs are dead. After checking his own pulse and web site traffic, The VAR Guy disagrees. Instead, he believes channel pros are reinventing themselves via managed services and new software stacks. In fact, a new survey by Channel Insider suggests that Red Hat Linux is now the most popular platform among VARs. […]
We were meeting for breakfast, but Autotask CEO Bob Godgart wasn’t ready to pick up his fork. Instead, he opened his HP notebook and walked me through his vision for multi-partner customer engagements. Everyone from ConnectWise to OnForce (and soon, Partnerpedia) has communities to help VARs and managed service providers outsource work to one another. […]
At the Kaseya User Conference in Las Vegas, ConnectWise CEO Arnie Bellini warned attendees not to trust Dell in the managed services market, and invited MSPs to partner online and outsource to each other, using ConnectWise’s network. The Dell references aside, Bellini and rival platform providers (Autotask and Kaseya, for instance) each are working overtime […]